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Lee-Ann Sutherland

Staff picture: Lee-Ann Sutherland
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Director of International Land Use Study Centre
lee-ann.sutherland@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

 

Prof Lee-Ann Sutherland is Director of the James Hutton Institute's new flagship, the International Land Use Study Centre. The new centre reflects the Institute's a vision for inclusive, open science that engages the public, stakeholder groups and scientists with a wide range of expertise in tackling the urgent problems of our time: climate change, food and water security, biodiversity preservation and One Health.

Prof Sutherland is also a Research Leader working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group. Raised on a family farm in Canada, she is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a background European agrarian development, human-environment relations, and farm-level decision-making. She is perhaps best known for her work in developing the ‘Triggering Change’ model of farmer decision-making.  Her current research on recreational approaches to farming engagement (both for non-commercial farmers and on-line gamers) is a progression of her research on land manager relationships with the agri-environment. Lee-Ann is also leading research on hobby farming, gentrification of agriculture and agricultural knowledge and innovation systems, and has recently pioneered the concept of the ‘deskchair countryside’ (people who engage with rural life primarily through their computers) within the rural studies literature.

Prof Sutherland coordinated the European Commission-funded H2020 PLAID project (Peer to Peer Learning:  Accessing Innovation through Demonstration) (2017-2019) and FP7 FarmPath project (Farming Transitions:  Pathways towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe) (2010-2014).  She also leads the Hutton team on the H2020 RoadMap project, as well as for several Scottish Government funded streams of work, including

EPIC (Scottish Government's Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks).  Lee-Ann has a strong interest in social justice issues in the agricultural sector, and was appointed to the Scottish Government's Women in Agriculture Task Force from 2017 to 2019. She was the coordinating expert for the EIP Agri Focus Group on New Entrants to Farming (2015-2016) and participated in the European Parliaments' Review of New Entrant Supports in 2017. 

Prof Sutherland was elected to the the European Society for Rural Sociology Executive Committee (2013 to 2018), and chaired the local organising committee for the ESRS congress in Aberdeen (2015). She is on the Editorial Board of Land Use Policy, The Journal of Rural Studies, and Sociologia Ruralis. She has published over 60 peer reviewed journal articles, two academic books and over 100 research reports.

Current research interests

Principle Investigator: H2020 RoadMap: Rethinking the use of antimicrobials in livestock production systems (2019 - 2023)  European Commission.

Principle Investigator:  Co-designing and implementing best-fit farming practices (2022 - 2027)  Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme

Co-Investigator:  Supporting Scotland’s Land Use Transformations (2022-2027) Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme

Co-Investigator: Scottish Government Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks (2022-2027)

 

 

 

Past research

  • H2020 AgriLink:  Agricultural Knowledge: Linking farmers, advisors and researchers to boost innovation (2017-2021)
  • H2020 NEWBIE: New Entrant Network:  Business Models for innovation, resilience and entrepreneurship in European Agriculture (2017-2021)
  • H2020 PLAID:  Peer to Peer Learning:  Accessing Innovation through Demonstration. (2017-2019)
  • Women in Farming and the Agriculture Sector.  Scottish Government. (2016-2017)
  • H2020 SALSA:  Small farms, small food businesses and food security.  European Commission-funded H2020 project (2016-2020).
  • EIP Agri Focus Group: New entrants to farming.  Lessons to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.  (2015-2016)
  • PRO AKIS:  Prospects for Farmers' Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS (2012-2015).  EC FP7 project. (proakis.hutton.ac.uk)
  • FarmPath: Farming Transitions: Pathways towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe (2011 to 2014). EC FP7 project. (farmpath.hutton.ac.uk).
  • GILDED: Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and Energy Demand: European Post-Carbon Communities: EC Framework 7 Project (2008 to 2012).
  • RELU SCALE: Rural Economy and Land Use Programme project – The Effects of Scale in Organic Agriculture (2006 to 2010).

Bibliography

  • Small, L.A. (2005) The influence of "family" on agrarian structure: revisiting the family farm debate in Bulgaria and Southern Russia., Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 36, 497-503.
  • Small, L.A. (2004) The opportunity of subsistence-style agriculture: A livelihoods perspective on agrarian change in Central and Eastern Europe., Land-Berichte, 7, 38-57.(In German)
  • Small, L.A. (2003) The opportunity of subsistence-style agriculture: A livelihoods perspective on agrarian change in Central and Eastern Europe., Eastern European Countryside, October, pp45-62.
  • Small, L.A. (2002) Social capital for development: What does it mean when there isn't any?, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 13, 7-25.

  • Burton, R.; Forney, J.; Stock, P.; Sutherland, L-A. (2020) The good farmer. Culture and identity in food and agriculture., Routledge, London, 196pp.
  • Roberts, D.; Torrance, L.; Stirton, G.; Britton, A.J.; Craig, C.; Kyle, C-A.; Abel, C.; Macaulay, C.; Fielding, D.; Watson, H.; Pohle, I.; Robertson, J.; Maxwell, J.; Irvine, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Dawson, L.A.; Shepherd, L.; Miller, P.; Ellis, R.; Richards, S.; Blok, V.; Hackett, C.; Kettle, H. (2018) Women in Science., The James Hutton Institute, 25pp.
  • Sutherland, L.A.; Darnhofer, I.; Wilson, G.A.; Zagata, L. (2015) Transition pathways towards sustainability in agriculture: case studies from Europe., In: Sutherland, L.-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 1-14, ppxiii-229.
  • Darnhofer, I.; Sutherland, L.A.; Pinto-Correia, T. (2015) Conceptual insights derived from case studies on 'emerging transitions' in farming., In: Sutherland, L.-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 13, pp189-204.
  • Sutherland, L.-A.; Wilson, G.A.; Zagata, L. (2015) Introduction., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 1, pp1-16.
  • Karanikolas, P.; Viahos, G.; Sutherland, L.-A. (2015) Utilising the multi-level perspective in empirical field research: methodological considerations., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 4, pp51-66.
  • Sutherland, L. A.; Zagata, L.; Wilson, G. (2015) Conclusions., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 14, pp205-214.
  • Pinto-Correia, T.; Gonzalez, C.; Sutherland, L.-A.; Peneva, M. (2015) Lifestyle farming: countryside consumption and transition towards new farming models., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 5, pp67-82.
  • Sutherland, L.-A.; Peter, S.; Zagata, L. (2015) On-farm renewable energy: a "classic case" of technological transition., In: Sutherland, L-A., Darnhofer, I., Wilson G. A. & Zagata, L. (eds.). Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture: Case Studies from Europe. CABI, Wallingford, Chapter 9, pp127-142.

  • McKee, A.; Sutherland, L. (2021) Why land ownership matters Land ownership, land reform and new entrant access to land in Scotland , Conference presentation at Royal Geographical Society Conference - Session: Value/s, space and place in geography.
  • Sutherland, L.A.; Madureira, L.; Dirimanova, V.; Bogusz, M.; Kania, J.; Vinohradnik, K.; Creaney, R.; Duckett, D.; Koehnen, T.; Knierim, A. (2016) New knowledge networks of small-scale farmers in Europe’s periphery., 12th European IFSA Symposium, Workshop: Generating spaces for innovation in agricultural and rural development, Harper Adams University, 12-15 July 2016.
  • Duckett, D.; McKee, A.; Sutherland, L.A.; Kyle, C. (2015) Scenario planning as a communicative action., Policy and Politics Annual Conference, University of Bristol, 15-16 September 2015.
  • Sutherland, L.A. (2014) Images of the idyl. Creating and maintaining lifestyle landscapes in Scotland., Presentation to Les Campagnes: Espaces d’innovation dans un monde urbain, Nantes, 3 June 2014.
  • McKee, A.; Holstead, K.L.; Sutherland, L.A.; Pinto-Correia, T.; Guimaraes, H. (2014) 'Shift happens': co-constructing transition pathways towards the regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe., 11th European IFSA (International Farming Systems Association) Symposium, Berlin, Germany, 1-4 April 2014
  • Sutherland, L.A.; Burton, R.J.F. (2011) Can we trust the neighbours? Using cultural capital to build social capital in Scotland., The XXIV European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, "Inequality and Diversity in European Rural Areas", Chania, Greece, 22-25 August 2011.
  • Sutherland, L.A.; Flanigan, S. (2011) Transdisciplinarity in practice: experiences in the FarmPath project., The XXIV European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, "Inequality and Diversity in European Rural Areas", Chania, Greece, 22-25 August 2011.
  • Darnhofer, I.; Sutherland, L.A. (2011) Advancing the conceptualisation of transition in farming systems., International Conference on Sustainability Transitions, 2nd, Lund, Sweden, 13-15 June 2011.
  • Sutherland, L.A. (2010) GILDED work package one report: Stakeholder advisory groups and research dissemination., European Commission, July 2010.
  • Sutherland, L.A. (2010) 'Lifestyle' farming: implications of non-commercial agriculturalists for a sustainable countryside., Farming for a Sustainable Countryside Symposium, Royal Geographical Society, University of Essex, 12-15 July, 2010.
  • Sutherland, L.A. (2010) FarmPath: Farming transitions: Pathways towards regional sustainability of agriculture in Europe., Confronting the Challenges of the Post Crisis Global Economy and Environment, Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geography Annual Conference, London, 1 - 3 September, 2010.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Galan-Diaz, C.R.; Gotts, N.M.; Craig, T.; Marshall, K.; Sutherland, L-A.; Kriel, A.; Fischer, A. (2010) The ODDness of modelling: early experiences from a transdisciplinary modelling exercise., Third World Congress on Social Simulation (WCSS 2010), University of Kassel, Germany, 6-9 September 2010.
  • Sutherland, L.A.; Brown, K.M. (2007) Strength in numbers? The neighbourhood effect in English organic farms., European Society for Rural Sociology Conference, XXII, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 20-24 August 2007.
  • Small, L.A. (2006) Modelling social networks: An application for rural sociology?, The XII International Summer School, The Empire of Rules and the Ethics of Social Networks, Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia, Italy, 28 August - 8 September 2006.
  • Small, L.A. (2006) The natural order of things? Why privatisation did not lead to family farming in Russia., Rural Sociology Society Annual Meeting, Louisville Kentucky, 10-13 August 2006.

PhD Student

  • Senna Middelveld (2012+) A Sociology of Farm-Level Animal Disease Awareness, Knowledge and Practices. Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen

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